Thrillers

Thrillers

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Compiled by:
Beatriz G.
1979

Val McDermid
Mcdermi
Series: Allie Burns, 1.

It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously. Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there. When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.


The Anomaly

Hervé Le Tellier

Who would we be if we had made different choices? Told that secret, left that relationship, written that book? We all wonder—the passengers of Air France 006 will find out.


The Devil and the Dark Water

Stuart Turton
Turton

It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?


The Glass Kingdom

Lawrence Osborne
Osborne

Escaping New York for the anonymity of Bangkok, Sarah Mullins arrives in Thailand on the lam with nothing more than a suitcase of purloined money. Her plan is to lie low and map out her next move in a high-end apartment complex called the Kingdom, whose glass-fronted facade boasts views of the bustling city and glimpses into the vast honeycomb of lives within. But as political chaos erupts on the streets below and attempted uprisings wrack the city, tensions tighten within the gilded compound. When the violence outside begins to invade the Kingdom in a series of strange disappearances, the residents are thrown into suspicion: both of the world beyond their windows and of one another. And under the constant surveillance of the building's watchful inhabitants, Sarah's safe haven begins to feel like a snare.


The Guest List

Lucy Foley
Foley

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


The Guide

Peter Heller
Heller
Series: Thorndike Press

Kingfisher Lodge, nestled in a canyon on a mile and a half of the most pristine river water on the planet, is known by locals as “Billionaire’s Mile” and is locked behind a heavy gate. Sandwiched between barbed wire and a meadow with a sign that reads “Don’t Get Shot!” the resort boasts boutique fishing at its finest. Safe from viruses that have plagued America for years, Kingfisher offers a respite for wealthy clients. Now it also promises a second chance for Jack, a return to normalcy after a young life filled with loss. When he is assigned to guide a well-known singer, his only job is to rig her line, carry her gear, and steer her to the best trout he can find. But then a human scream pierces the night, and Jack soon realizes that this idyllic fishing lodge may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation.


Harlem Shuffle

Colson Whitehead
Whitehe

Harlem in the late 1950s is full of characters, and Ray Carney tries to get away from his rule-breaking roots. A ne’er-do-well cousin drags Ray into his schemes that inevitably go awry. In an effort to make things right, Ray becomes entangled in the criminal era of the Kennedy-era Harlem streets. From two-time Pullitzer Prize winner and National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead.


If It Bleeds

Stephen King
King

Four never-before-released novellas by the masterful Stephen King. Included are stories of a friend communicating beyond the grave through a cell phone, a writer who makes a Faustian bargain to complete a novel, and the title story, which sees a King-regular Holly Gibney return to face off against a vampire-like newscaster. A treat for King fans, If It Bleeds is also a fit for those new to him.


The Missing Piece

John Lescroart
Lescroa

No one mourned when San Francisco DA Wes Farrell put Paul Riley in prison eleven years ago for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. And no one is particularly happy to see him again when he’s released after The Exoneration Initiative uncovered evidence that pinned the crime on someone else. In fact, Riley soon turns up murdered, surrounded by the loot from his latest scam. But if Riley was really innocent all along, who would want him dead?


Mrs. March

Virginia Feito
Feito

When Mrs. March finds out that the protagonist of her husband’s popular novel, a woman of ill-repute, is modeled after her, she begins to spiral into paranoia. Doubting everything her husband has ever said or done, Mrs. March snoops around his office, reads his appointment books, and questions his relationships with others. A tale of jealousy and self-consciousness, Feito’s debut novel keeps readers engaged.


Never Tell

Lisa Gardner
Gardner
Series: Detective D. D. Warren novels

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman - Evie Carter. Evie's father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?


Ninth House

Leigh Bardugo
Bardugo
Series: Alex Stern, 1.

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?


The Only Good Indians

Stephen Graham Jones
Jones

Four young members of the Blackfoot Tribe participate in an elk hunt on forbidden grounds. A decade later, a supernatural presence begins to hunt the men, forcing them to reckon with the history and culture of their people. A central character in the story is the reservation itself. Woven into the supernatural thriller is a commentary of what it means to be Native. A page-turner that pays homage to classic horror tropes with a contemporary tale.


The Other Black Girl

Zakiya Dalila Harris
Harris

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.


People Like Them

Samira Sedira
Sedira

In a fit of rage, Constant Guillot murders five members of the Langlois family, causing the quaint French town of Carmac to question his motives. Bakary Langlois never fit in with the residents of the town - he was rich and Black, a contrast to the working-class, White population. Constant’s wife Anna is left to piece together the events that led to her husband’s actions. Entwined with the class-race divide, People Like Them questions how a seemingly normal person can commit heinous acts.


The Plot

Jean Hanff Korelitz
Korelit

In The Plot, Jake Bonner is a failed writer who teaches at a third-rate MFA program. One day, one of his students, Evan, tells him about a book he's working on with a great plot. Later, Jake learns that Evan died without writing his book. Years later, Jake ends up becoming a bestselling author based on the plot of that book. However, he starts receiving anonymous messages from someone who knows he his book's plot. In this thriller and book-within-a-book, Jake must uncover the truth behind the plot of his own book.


Shiver

Allie Reynolds
Reynold

In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.


A Single Light

Tosca Lee
Lee

Six months after vanishing into an underground silo, Wynter and Chase emerge to an altered world, ravaged by disease. They begin a desperate search for antibiotics, even as goods and water are in short supply.


The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix
Hendrix

Patricia Campbell’s seemingly boring suburban life takes an exciting turn when a neighbor gives her a true crime novel at her book club. Immersing herself in the genre, Patricia becomes empowered to investigate the mysterious newcomer to the neighborhood, James Harris. With her fellow housewives in-tow, Patricia is determined to prove that James is up to no good. Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this nostalgic thriller.


This Thing Between Us

Gus Moreno
Moreno

The “world’s most advanced smart speaker!” didn’t interest Thiago, but Vera thought it would be a bit of fun for them amidst all the strange occurrences happening in the condo. It made things worse. The cold spots and scratching in the walls were weird enough, but peculiar packages started showing up at the house—who ordered industrial lye? Then there was the eerie music at odd hours, Thiago waking up to Itza projecting light shows in an empty room.


To Tell You The Truth

Gilly Macmillan
Macmill

She was nine years old when her brother vanished in the woods near home. As the only witness, Lucy’s story of that night became crucial to the police investigation. Thirty years on, her brother’s whereabouts are still unknown. Now Lucy is a bestselling thriller writer. Her talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring fans. But her husband, Dan, has started keeping secrets of his own, and a sudden change of scene forces Lucy to confront some dark, unwelcome memories. Then Dan goes missing and Lucy’s past and present begin to collide. Did she kill her husband? Would she remember if she did?


Trust Me When I Lie

Benjamin Stevenson
Stevens

Producer Jack Quick knows how to frame a story. So says Curtis Wade, the subject of Jack's new true crime docuseries, convicted of a young woman's murder four years prior. In the eyes of Jack's viewers, flimsy evidence and police bias influenced the final verdict... even though, off screen, Jack himself has his doubts. But when the series finale is wildly successful, a retrial sees Curtis walk free. And then another victim turns up dead. To set things right, Jack goes back to the sleepy vineyard town where it all began, bent on discovering what really happened. Because behind the many stories he tells, the truth is Jack's last chance. He may have sprung a killer from jail, but he's also the one that can send him back.


When You Are Mine

Michael Robotham
Roboth

Philomena McCarthy is a young, ambitious police office with the elite Metropolitan Police in London. When she responds to a domestic violence call, she finds the victim, Tempe Brown, trying to protect her abuser, a married man named Darren Goodall, a decorated Scotland Yard detective afraid of no one. As Philomena pursues the case against him, she not only encounters resistance from her police force colleagues but also becomes dangerously entangled with the victim—who is not at all whom she appears to be—much to the increasing endangerment of herself and Henry, her fiancée.